Oldie but a goodie. Well, I like it anyway.
Bizet: Carmen, Opera in three acts (libretto: Henri Meilhac & Ludovic Halévy after the novel by Prosper Mérimée)
Teresa Berganza (Mz)
Plácido Domingo (T)
Ileana Cotrubas (S)
Sherrill Milnes (Bar)
The Ambrosian Singers (chorus master: John McCarthy)
George Watson's College Boys' Chorus (chorus master: Patrick Criswell)
London Symphony Orchestra / Claudio Abbado
DG 483 8570 ℗ 1978 © 2020. 2CD/1BD.
Recorded at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, August 1977, and St. John's Church, London, September 1977.
Produced by Rainer Brock.
Tonmeister: Karl-August Naegler.
Editing: Joachim Niss.
Blu-ray and CD remastering and mixing: Justus Bayer (Emil Berliner Studios).
Pure Audio authoring: MSM Studios, Munich.
English translation of the libretto © Lionel Salter, 1973.
Synopsis © Wolfgang Dömling, 1983.
℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Stralauer Allee 1, 10245 Berlin.
Remastering ℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin.
This edition © 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin.
Product manager: Andreas Fischer.
Creative production manager: Lars Hoffmann.
Booklet editor: Annette Nubbemeyer, texthouse.
Cover photo © Klaus Hennch, Zurich.
Design: Nikolas Boddin.
Printed in the E.U.
COMMENT: I like this one more for the beauty of the orchestral playing and Abbado's fine conception of the opera. The men are great and Berganza may not be to everyone's taste, but I like her light, supple phrasing. Gotta love these old studio productions that were weeks in the making. This is excellent background music here, and that is not a backhanded compliment. Also, as you can see from above credits—if you can believe them—the remastering was applied to the CD as well as BD, and it sounds great. Much better than the old orig. DG 2CD from the late 1980's.